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National Guard service strengthens West Virginia Family

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:00am
The goodbyes for now. The long, mournful last hugs and kisses before watching your husband or wife, son or daughter, mom or dad leave for deployment, training or other call to duty. Restless nights and anxious days waiting for the all too brief phone call or video message session or the counting down of days until they return.

Soldiers from US, China partner for disaster training

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:00am
Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific and the People's Republic of China People's Liberation Army participated in an annual Disaster Management Exchange in Nanjing, China Nov. 13-18. This is the 14th iteration of this exchange between USARPAC and the PLA.

Native American helps Soldiers find solace

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:00am
On certain mornings during her 28 years in the Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Julia Kelly would take her troops outdoors, where she could feel the cool air cursing through her lungs and the warmth of the sunshine upon her cheeks.

Army Corps of Engineers resumes Myrtle Beach renourishment project following Hurricane Florence

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:00am
South Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes and each one takes its toll on shorelines and beach communities located here and across the Atlantic coastal region. After each significant storm, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel assess erosion impacts, work hand-in-hand with state and local partners to determine mitigation measures for erosion damage to shoreline projects and take authorized measures to rehabilitate effected areas.

Galloping to help veterans

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:00am
Completing the frigid 4-mile "Galloping Gobbler" race Saturday morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a 50-pound rucksack was more than about staying in shape for Sgt. 1st Class John Garrett.

US setting up observation posts in Syria to keep ISIS from entering Turkey

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces are establishing observation posts in Northeast Syria to further deny escape routes to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters today.

Soldiers gain ground during Pacific Steel

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 12:00am
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The 9th Mission Support Command is conducting its first-ever Operation Pacific Steel involving Soldiers from around the Pacific at Schofield Barracks from Oct. 3 through Dec. 5. The purpose of this exercise is for Soldiers to train on crew-served weapons and pass down their knowledge to their units as well as serving as a prerequisite to attend Operation Cold Steel.

US, Japan participates in training that strengthens alliance, security

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
HONSHU, Japan - Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment also known as "The Snake Eyes Battalion" took part in training exercise Keen Sword, from October 29- November 8, 2018 in Honshu and Okinawa, Japan.

How this blind Soldier sees the world

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
Since May 13, 2008, retired U.S. Army Spc. Steve Baskis has seen the world from a different perspective.

Safety: Be ready, don't let frost bite your equipment

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
During the winter, driving becomes more hazardous, and extreme weather can take its toll on both vehicles and drivers.

From Nicaraguan refugee to US Soldier

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:00am
FORT BLISS, Texas - Those who consider the military always have a reason for joining. Whether to continue a family tradition of service, or to see the world, the decision is life changing.

International Committee of the Red Cross, Special Forces exercise human assistance, interoperability

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:00am
FORT BLISS, Texas - The Senior Military Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Martin Lacourt, sat down with members of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) command team and exercise participants, to discuss the importance of humanitarian assistance in kinetic operations for Warfighter 19-02, Nov. 12, here.

Cutting the cost of nuts and bolts

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00am
PEO CS&CSS's Robot Logistics Support Center uses IDIQs and a unique sustainment approach to keep robot systems up and running. Conventional Army contracting mechanisms can be manpower-intensive, cumbersome and costly. The Robot Logistics Support Center (RLSC) uses indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts to keep costs down, minimize demands on contracting personnel and quickly return repaired systems to the warfighter. Part of the Project Manager for Force Projection within the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support, the RLSC is the Army's only source of repair and maintenance for its fleet of more than 4,000 non-standard robots, consisting of five different models and 28 unique configurations. The RLSC sustainment team conducts repair and return services at 11 locations in the United States and a site in Kuwait; a new site is slated to open soon in Germany. The organization also provides robot sustainment and training support to the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Marine Corps and the National Guard Bureau, as well as foreign military sales (FMS) partners.

Moving expenses now taxable for civilian employees

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:00am
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed December 2017, eliminated a number of deductions that taxpayers have come to rely on. One of these was the moving expense deduction. The act eliminated the deduction for the tax year 2018 through the tax year 2025. However, the deduction will come back in 2026 unless Congress intervenes to eliminate it permanently. This change does apply to military personnel, but does apply to Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees and contractors.

Prototype chemical identifier gets positive feedback from field

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:00am
A field-deployable liquid chemical identifier developed at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Edgewood Chemical Biological Center received positive feedback from warfighters and first responders in a recent field test funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Secretary of Army takes ACFT, visits OSUT, holds town hall at Fort Benning

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:00am
Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper held a town hall meeting with Soldiers, civilians and Family members at the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters at Fort Benning, Georgia, Nov. 16, 2018.

Troops receive 150 tons of good eats in advance of Thanksgiving

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:00am
Troops protecting the United States' southern border and serving overseas will still get a "taste of home" on Thanksgiving thanks to 300,000 pounds of traditional holiday food transported to field kitchens, dining facilities and galleys around the globe.

Throwback to WWII, Army Greens uniform aims to instill pride in today's generation

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:00am
The Army plans to issue a new World War II-style uniform starting the summer of 2020, as senior leaders look to sharpen the professional appearance of Soldiers and inspire others to join them.

Seeing the light: LiFi will revolutionize IT on mission command posts

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:00am
When investigating new ways of transmitting and communicating information, sometimes it helps to see the light. This is the idea behind a new technology being investigated by the Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center's Expeditionary Maneuver Support Directorate, along with its industry partner, VLNComm of Charlottesville, Va.

Joint Task Group-Saipan, Red Cross continue direct distribution of emergency relief supplies

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:00am
Joint Task Group-Saipan, Task Force-West, and Red Cross continue to provide direct distribution of emergency relief supplies to Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island residents who were impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu more than three weeks ago.